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Fundraising for Willow Burn Hospice in memory of Gemma Justice

On Saturday 2nd September I walked 20 miles in memory of Gemma Justice and to raise money for Willow Burn Hospice.For those who don’t know Gemma she was a client of mine and a member of Do Business Network until she received her cancer diagnosis. Sadly she passed away in June at the age of 42 leaving her family and friends utterly  heartbroken. Willow Burn Hospice had been a great support to Gemma and her family over the years so I thought it was fitting to try and raise some money for Wi...

September 8, 2023

New Website Build for North East Interior Designer Lyndsey Wardman

We are thrilled to announce that launch of a new website design for popular North East interior designer Lyndsey Wardman.Lyndsey approached us with a very particular website design vision that would highlight all the great projects she's been working on since she started her business in Durham.Since starting her business Lyndsey has accumulated a huge social media following with currently almost 35k followers on Instagram!Lyndsey holds a diploma from the National Design Academy and she is p...

April 3, 2023

A Big Year for Filter Quip

We've been working with Steve Tunney from Filter Quip for almost two years now and it's lovely to see his business grow from strength to strength.Steve approached us in August 2021 looking for a website build, logo design and the creation of e-brochures. Since the launch of his website we've helped Steve with business card design, Christmas cards, social media support and most recently corporate mugs! Filter Quip have just recently been appointed as the official representative for Amafilter...

April 3, 2023

NBSL GRANT FUNDING DEADLINE EXTENSION

Great news!You still have time to apply for a grant from the North East Business Support Fund! If you’re an SME in Northumberland, Tyne & Wear or County Durham, apply here by 14 February 2023: https://nebsf.co.uk/...

January 19, 2023

"What a great impact my website is still having on my business"

I commissioned Melanie to do a new website for me about 3 and a half years ago.  It was long overdue.  I couldn't have been happier with the result - a professional, friendly site with lots of good information throughout.  It is so easy to navigate and has a great blend of text and photographs/relevant videos.  Melanie just had the knack of getting that balance absolutely right.  The benefits have been ongoing.  During the last 6 months I have taken 3 or 4 'col...

January 18, 2023

Happy 6th Business Birthday to Elm Marketing Solutions!

Wow - where have 6 years gone? Every year I look back on the previous 12 months to appreciate 'little wins' so that I'm reminded how far I've come since setting up in 2016. In year 5 I celebrated the launch of my 50th website and in doing so I was awarded a Gold Partner status with Rocketspark which is the amazing platform I build my websites on - this year I now have 63 websites in my portfolio and hope to hit 68 by the end of 2022! I now also run the amazing Do Business Network with the ...

September 11, 2022

Bespoke Mailchimp Training

It’s been a busy Monday morning delivering bespoke Mailchimp training to Denise from Signature Window Shutters We covered uploading contacts to her audience via a csv file then campaign email template design and functionality. Everything she needs to start her first email campaign.If you'd like to find out more about Mailchimp training or have any other digital training requirements, please CONTACT US to find out more about this service....

August 15, 2022

Introducing The Announcement Bar

Have you ever wanted to add a banner above your header to draw attention to key messages to your website visitors? Well, now you can. We are excited to announce the launch of the Announcement Bar! The Announcement Bar will allow you to engage your website visitors by communicating key information shown on every page of your site. This means you can be seen by your audience, drive action with a clear call to action and link, is versatile across an array of industries and is optimised for mobile! ...

June 27, 2022

Kickstart Scheme Update

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding until 17 December 2021 which covers: 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 monthsassociated employer National Insurance contributionsminimum automatic enrolment pension contributions...

November 5, 2021

Funding Update from the North East Business Support Fund

The North East Business Support Fund is one of the most popular grant funding programmes in the North East and is managed and delivered by NBSL. The Fund can offer Grants for Business Improvement Projects that use external expertise in the following areas; County Durham - Up to 40% funding for projects costing between £2,500 and £8,000 - https://nebsf.co.uk/grant-funding/ Tyne & Wear - Up to 35% funding for projects costing between £3,000 and £8,000 - https://nebsf.co.uk/grant-funding/ North...

November 5, 2021

Taking the frustration out of networking.

I often get told by business owners that they feel uncomfortable networking as they don't feel comfortable selling. In my experience networking isn't really about selling, it's about getting to know other members in your network, understanding their product or service and building trust so that you can start referring to them. At DoBusinessNetwork (DBN) we are always looking for new ways to build relationships with other members. I love attending the smaller NetWalk meetings or a ...

November 2, 2021

We are Gold!!

Something exciting happened last week!We launched our 50th website and was awarded Rocketspark Gold Partner status AND we are the 1st Gold Partner in the UK - go us!Thank you to all our lovely clients, friends and family for all your support over the last 4 years.Here's to the next 50 and becoming a Platinum Partner!!...

March 14, 2021

New website offers click and collect service for local coffee shop

Since the UK went into national lockdown in March 2020 many business owners have had to adapt and change to continue to trade. Like many food and drink businesses, Isabella's Coffee Shop in Shotley Bridge was forced to close their doors due to the first wave of Covid-19 leaving them fearful of their livlihood.  However, during this time of uncertainty they took the opportunity to look at their online presence and decided to approach Elm Marketing Solutions to help them create a new website....

October 15, 2020

Great News for Four Seasons Campervans Ltd!

Since starting their business in July 2020, Four Seasons Campervans have sold 3 camper conversions and completed many bespoke projects on privately owned vans. Four Seasons Campervans is based on the Hobson Industrial Estate nr Burnopfield and is run by husband and wife team Colin and Dawn Wilkinson. It's lovely to share some positive news about a new North East business. You can find out more about Four Seasons Campervans via their website - designed by Elm Marketing Solutions ht...

October 14, 2020

Master Your Mailchimp Training Course

Date: Wednesday 16th September Time: 10am to 12pm (Zoom) Newsletters and email marketing are a great way to keep in touch with and engage with customers. We’ve tried a few different email software products and found that Mailchimp works great for small businesses. It’s free, GDPR compliant, has some great templates and gives useful stats and data – what’s not to like? At this masterclass Melanie Cant from Elm Marketing Solutions and Gary Scott from Do Business Network will take you throu...

August 26, 2020

Apheya Animal Nutrition launches new automated online training course!

From March 2020 many business owners had to rethink their business strategy and adapt new ways of trading due to Covid-19. Apheya Animal Nutrition offers specialist support services to farmers, feed and food businesses which typically meant traveling the UK and the rest of the world to support their customers. At the end of March the UK went into full lockdown and as travelling was prohibited Apheya was forced to put their services on hold. Elm Marketing Solutions designed Apheya's website in 20...

July 1, 2020

Dream Big

Since lockdown began I have been working with many of my existing clients to help them diversify their business. Some are offering new services, some are selling online, others are finding ways to virtually deliver training courses via their website - it's amazing how we find ways to overcome obstacles that are placed before us! In April I wrote a post on Facebook about the challenges that lay ahead and the need to focus on what we can control rather than what we can't. I quote, "appreciate the ...

May 25, 2020

The new norm - helping each other for continuous business success.

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us that we can break down the barriers that separate us from each other, and we can do this in business too.   Now more than ever we are relying on each other to share knowledge and resources and start working together to ensure future business success. The number of businesses we have seen creating and sharing free resources for the greater good over the last month is nothing short of inspiring!This new norm has the potential to breakthrough the barrier...

May 24, 2020

Supporting you and your business

As the current global situation with COVID-19 continues to affect our world, I wanted to update you on how I'm supporting my clients, partners and suppliers.  In response to COVID-19, I'm following government and public health guidelines to ensure no-one is put at unnecessary risk. As a result, I'm implementing virtual meetings where possible, cancelling any non-business critical meetings and restricting non-essential business travel. That said, Elm Marketing Solutions remains open and...

April 1, 2020

Uploading Photos to a Rocketspark Website

I've been getting quite a few website enquiries recently and one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, "How easy is it to upload a photo to a Rocketspark website?" Keeping your website updated with fresh photos and content is very important and it is sooooo easy to do with Rocketspark. This is one of the many things I love about Rocketspark websites as you don't need a degree to maintain it yourself. Check out my video tutorial below and if you have any questions, please do not h...

March 4, 2020

Adding an enquiry form to a Rocketspark website

Building online forms shouldn't have to be difficult. Why waste hours waiting for your developer to code a form for you when you can just build it yourself in minutes on Rocketspark?  Adding a standard enquiry form to a Rocketspark website can be done in a couple of clicks!  Customising your standard form is really easy too, here is a short video example of how to create an enquiry form within a Rocketspark website. Find out more about Rocketspark websites here....

December 3, 2019

Website Grid Gallery

A powerful multitool that offers a number of simple and effective website solutions. Images communicate to the brain instantly - much quicker than it takes the brain to interpret text. A beautiful image gallery can leave visitors with a strong feel for your brand. With the option to combine a number of different design elements, you can easily turn a Grid Gallery block into pop-ups or buttons that will help create a clearer customer journey on your website.For a Grid Gallery demo or fo...

November 29, 2019

Funding Available for Co Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland Businesses

September was a really busy month for us with 5 successful Rocketspark website launches! This month we've secured two more with approved funding from NBSL! If anyone would like a chat about a website or marketing project, please get in touch melanie@elmmarketingsolutions.co.uk View our portfolio HERE...

October 8, 2019

Embrace simplicity when planning your new website

We’ve found that some of the most engaging sites are actually the simplest. While it can be tempting to keep filling the page with images and text, sometimes adding too much does more harm than good. A cluttered website can be overwhelming for your visitors and might even scare them away. Focus on clear headings, vibrant images and a clean layout. Nail the basics and that’s all you’ll need. Take a look at some of our recent website designs on our PORTFOLIO page....

October 1, 2019

What is an Authentic Business & Brand?

This has come up in conversation a lot recently and anyone who knows me knows I'm passionate about building an authentic business.So what is authenticity? Simply put, being authentic means staying true to who you are, what you do and who you serve. In an environment in which more human elements matter it creates value and benefits for your followers as well as improving your business.For a brand to be considered authentic, it needs to be perceived as reliable, respectful, and real. We feel inspi...

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